Newport take second U13 title
Newport repeated their 2005 triumph in the ECB U13 National Club Championships as they took the honours at Oakham School after the final day was washed out without a result in any of the last round of matches.
The Welsh club needed to beat Old Elizabethans in Round Five to maintain their position on top of the six-team round robin table, and were keeping their opponents tied down on 23 without loss in the seventh over when rain first forced play to halt on pitch one.
A half hour wait saw numerous showers pass before the umpires got the matches under way again; but only a few balls more were bowled on each pitch before a torrential and prolonged downpour put paid to any hope of further play on the day, with none of the games having even got through half of the first innings.
That meant disappointment to challengers Ealing, who were playing Old Leodiensians and hoping for a Newport slip-up, while Lindum and Spencer also had to share the spoils.
Newport skipper Matt Jones was presented with the Ken Barrington Trophy for the National U13 Champions by widow Ann as the celebrations started for the 2010 winners, who like their 2005 predecessors had remained unbeaten throughout the Finals Festival.
Newport coach Paul Morris told ecb.co.uk afterwards: "To be honest it's been one of the best experiences of my life. I can cast my mind back to May when we started out on a wet and windy night - and who'd have thought that now we'd be national champions.
"To put it into perspective how great it is, I had to ring my wife up today and tell her we'd won it, and she reminded me it was my daughter's birthday...I'd forgotten all about it; it's been that brilliant!
"I'm really, really chuffed for them; they deserve it. There were great teams here, but we really did play well in the games that we had to play, and I thought we deserved it.
"It just reflects the way that we do things at Newport. We've got a great youth structure, and it's come to this where we've won the national competition on two years. It's been great for the club, and I just hope it continues."